first person

noun

Definition of first person

1 a :a set of linguistic forms (such as verb forms, pronouns, and inflectional affixes) referring to the speaker or writer of the utterance in which they occur
b :a linguistic form belonging to such a set
c :reference of a linguistic form to the speaker or writer of the utterance in which it occurs
2 :a style of discourse marked by general use of verbs and pronouns of the first person

Examples of first person in a Sentence

  1. She always wrote in the first person.

  2. The sentence I was born in Maine is written in the first person.

First Known Use of first person

15th century


FIRST PERSON Defined for English Language Learners

first person

noun

Definition of first person for English Language Learners

  • : a set of words or word forms (such as pronouns or verb forms) that refer to the person who is speaking or writing

  • : a writing style that uses first person pronouns and verbs


FIRST PERSON Defined for Kids

first person

noun

Definition of first person for Students

:a set of words or forms (as pronouns or verb forms) referring to the person speaking or writing them

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